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1 Upper Airways - Terms Endotracheal Intubation (ETT) – Oral-tracheal – Naso-tracheal Tracheostomy (trach) 1

2 Indications for Tracheostomy Ineffective Airway Clearance r/t upper airway obstruction – Inability to remove secretions – congenital abnormality – Severe neck or mouth injuries Ineffective Breathing Pattern Long-term mechanical ventilation 2

3 Desired outcomes of suctioning Maintain a patent airway Demonstrate a reduced work of breathing Stimulate cough reflex Prevent aspiration of blood & gastric fluids Prevent infection & atelectasis 3

4 Basic Principles Sterile technique hyperoxygenation and hyperinflation Keep it short – Adult: <15 sec – Peds: <5 sec 4

5 Indications for Suctioning ( CMs lower airway obstruction) Hear secretions in airway Inspiratory wheezes, expiratory crackles Restlessness, esp. when accompanied by decreased O2 saturation Decreased LOC/change in mental status Ineffective coughing Tachypnea Tachycardia or bradycardia Diminished ability to cough up secretions Client asks 5

6 Nursing Care (critical elements) Assess q2h, Suction prn Sterility Systemic hydration, humidification of inspired air Safety measures – prevent decannulation Obturator & new trach at bedside Cuff – minimal pressure 6

7 Technical Considerations Duration < 15 sec Preoxygenate Rest between passes No suction when going in Intermittent suction coming out Appropriate catheter size & length Saline lavage – controversial!!! Replace supplemental oxygen 7

8 Which Catheter? How Much Suction? Suction(mm/Hg) Adult Infant/Child: (Craven & Hirnle) Neonate: (McKinney) Catheter Size 5-14 French ½ diameter of trach tube

9 Inner Cannula-disposable Purpose: secretion accumulation can cause obstruction Get replacement inner cannula Non-sterile glove Usually suction first Usually once/day Remove old Put in new, and tighten 9

10 Site Care Usually once/shift NS or ½ strength H 2 O 2 Clean inferior portion under faceplate, then superior section Rinse H 2 O 2, then dry. Pre-cut dressing 10

11 Risk for Infection Hospital-acquired pneumonia Stoma infection Interventions: 11

12 Risk for airway obstruction r/t thick secretions or mucus plug cuff overinflation 12

13 Accidental decannulation Forceful cough While changing trach ties 13

14 Tracheal wall necrosis or stenosis Overinflation of cuff Long term cuff against tracheal wall NG tube 14

15 Other complications Subcutaneous emphysema – Air in subcut tissues – Not dangerous: watch for increase – Inform MD if new Ineffective Communication – Word board – Often can write – Allow time – frustrating! – “talking trach” 15


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